WHAT IS MUAY THAI SANGHA?
Muay Thai Sangha Arts is an evolving path related to awakening life warriors into self-healers.
Through self-awareness and intention we will learn how to train our bodies using the fighting arts, how to refine our minds practicing the internal arts, and how to heal our inner emotions by experiencing the healing arts. The main purpose of the entire training is to become more present to oneself, and to improve the interaction with the environment through balance.
The skills that we will gain during the physical, internal, and emotional training are proven to be useful in fighting and in life.
MUAY THAI SANGHA TRAINING
The Muay Sangha Internal Arts morning training (mainly Earth and Water elements) has a free flowing effect on the mind with the purpose of improving our receptive senses under different amounts of pressure. The morning practice consists of connecting with the life force, how to extend our consciousness to our opponent’s energy field, and how to stick and flow with any attack through balance and proper body mechanics. The training is mainly based in Chikung and grappling with different take downs and quick submissions.
How we train is what we become. When there is no aggression in our training our mind feels relaxed, present, aware, and ready to flow with whatever comes. This training can easily be extended to our daily life by adopting this concept of adaptation into whatever situation we are in. After all, events occur all the time, and it is the way in which we act upon them that will make a difference in our lives.
In the evening we practice Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts (mainly Fire and Air elements). This training is a foundation of Muay Thai Chaiya and Krabi Krabong (Thai weapons) which implements concepts from Muay Thai, Silat and some Wing Chun.
Through the concepts of 18 basic exercises, our training covers body alignment, footwork, and coordination drills for evasions and counter attacks following the philosophy of self-defense.
Sparring sessions and pad work in the late evenings are also emphasized for advance students to reach a good understanding of the distance and develop correct timing.
In our school we agree that combining the two completely opposite methods of training (sensitivity and awareness in the morning and strength and power in the evening) can bring a more complete result in our practice.
Hours of Training
After Vipassana meditation and breakfast, communal work is carried out around 8:30 am for about half an hour (cleaning, watering the plants or whatever is needed) which leads into the Muay Sangha Internal Arts training starting around 9:00 am and concludes at 11:00 am. Lunch and rest is suggested until the evening practice.
In the early evening, after having a cup of tea, our Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts training will start at 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The Krabi- Krabong Thai weapon class follows the Fighting Arts training and last for about 30 minutes finishing around 6:30 pm. After a quick break, and around 7 pm, the advanced class begins (pads and sparring) and will last for approximately one hour. This class is only for a small amount of students.
When the training is finished we may have dinner at the local restaurant. After supper, on some days of the week, we may watch an interesting movie or talk about selected subjects. At the end of the day, we do some meditation and rest until the next morning.
Our teaching time in the school goes from Monday morning to Saturday afternoon. We don't have classes on Saturday evenings and Sundays.
We recommend that all the students who wish to come and practice within the group, come with an open heart and with a mind empty of ideas or methods, as this will ensure the maximum benefit of this experience. Our school is like a family and we will take care of everyone as best as we can.
Morning Training Flow
Elbow Flow Under Pressure.
Muay Chaiya Sangha 14 Standing Exercises Evening Training
Muay Sangha Low Kick Evening Training
Locking and Sweeping Leg Techniques Evening Training
DIFFERENCES WITH OTHER MUAY THAI STYLES
It is important to explain that the aim of the School is not to promote any particular style of martial arts or to protect the martial arts heritage of any country. In the Muay Sangha School the skills that we teach are used to help humankind regardless of nationality, race or religion. The skills don't belong to anyone, to any country or to any association. Muay Sangha uses what is useful in the present day and gets rid of what is not. Here are the similarities and differences between Muay Sangha and other styles of Muay Thai.
Muay Thai Sangha and Competition Muay Thai – Similarities
Muay Thai Sangha uses many training routines from Competition Muay Thai - building stamina through cardiovascular workouts, striking power and developing determination and mental strength through pain tolerance.
Muay Thai Sangha and Muay Thai Chaiya - Similarities
Muay Thai Sangha has borrowed some fighting strategies and concepts of movement as well as some of the counter-techniques from Muay Thai Chaiya because of their effectiveness.
Muay Thai Sangha and other styles of Muay Thai - Differences
The first and most important difference between Muay Sangha and the other Muay Thai styles is the spiritual direction in our training. Muay Thai Sangha puts emphasis in the development of the body, the mind and the spirit through specific training methods. The ultimate goal of the Sangha system is to reinforce the students’ talents so they can grow as further as possible. In today's Muay Thai world, the Muay Thai Sangha School is the only one that teaches this way.
The second outstanding difference is related to multi-opponents fighting. Muay Thai Sangha has studied, practiced and developed aspects from many different South-East Asian martial arts. Specific footwork, attacks and counter-attacks have been developed to be able to deal with front, side and rear attacks coming at the same time.
Other styles of Muay Thai are mainly based on dealing with a single opponent. This can be seen from the footwork and position of the body in these styles.
The third difference is also very important - grappling. Because Muay Sangha has not been built just for the ring, it has borrowed techniques from many styles of standing-up grappling and ground-fighting. Many varieties of take-downs have been incorporated to overcome the rule-based limitations of other Muay Thai styles. A very extensive system of ground-fighting curriculum has been incorporated to provide skills that help our survival on the ground.
Many styles of Muay Thai have not yet reached deeply into the grappling arts and we believe that to be a limitation.
The fourth difference is that in the Muay Sangha style "forbidden points striking" (to the eyes, throat and groin) is allowed and also the use of the head is permitted. This means that many techniques from competition or other styles of Muay Thai are dangerously exposed for an incoming attack.
The last difference is related to our health. Students in the Muay Thai Sangha School practice internal martial arts methods to develop strong bones, tendons and breathing patterns to increase the flow of life force or chi.
The Muay Sangha School believes in being at the leading edge of evolution. It is very important for martial artists to evolve rather than to be attached to any heritage or classical style. Kru Pedro sees classical martial arts styles as a point of reference to start learning. When the concepts of movement are understood and practiced, it's time to become empty again and continue learning.
The main objective of Muay Thai Sangha is inner-growth of humankind and not its destruction.
Training rotational exercises to develop body unity
Spinning back elbow technique
Footwork training with traditional cross guard
Ground fighting is important if we want to understand combat
Bamboo training increase our surrounding awareness
Training with different partners help us to understand different energies
The elephant kicks the tree technique is part of the 108 counter attacks curriculum
Practicing blocking exercises
Group practicing together
Deer looks back kick
Rear block position